How to Roast Hatch Chiles

How to Roast Hatch Chiles |

My trip to the grocery store last week almost brought me to tears. An old friend caught my eye as I entered the store. The beautiful, glossy green pepper I look forward to every year was back. I knew that my weekend would revolve around roasting and enjoying these deliciously warm, smoky, and mildly hot Hatch chiles. If you’re new to Hatch green chile peppers then let me … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Cookie Dough


I've shared a few of my tips for how to freeze cookie dough in the past, and I wanted to revisit it again as we move into the holiday baking season. I'm planning on doing a couple of "dough makes" in November, as one way to stay ahead of myself once the crazy holidays hit. I'd love to have several batches of dough in the freezer for when those last minute cookie swaps and class … [Read more...]

No Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam


When you accidentally come home with 17 lbs. of strawberries from a morning at the pick your own berry patch, you have to do something. And you have to do it fast. I started to can the strawberry jam, but quickly saw that if I continued on the canning path to use up all the strawberries that I'd be up all night. While I did can many jars of strawberry jam, I needed a … [Read more...]

Freezing Carrot Juice for Smoothies (or What I Did with 3 lbs. of Carrots) – Kitchen Shortcut


Smoothies. We make them regularly. Almost daily. And I try to pack as much nutrition into them as I can. Fresh banana, frozen berries, frozen apple slices, and now carrot juice cubes! A few weeks back, carrots were on sale 2 lbs/$.99...a great price!  So I grabbed 2 bags...then found myself wondering what to do with 4 lbs of carrots!  I thought about chopping them … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Strawberries

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Yesterday at the grocery store, I walked up to the berry section thinking I would just grab one box of strawberries and one box of blueberries.  Each were on sale for $2. Woot! But as I looked down, I noticed a bunch of the strawberry boxes with 10/$10 stickers on them.  I grabbed 6 boxes and knew that I'd spend some time yesterday afternoon getting some into the … [Read more...]